Prince Harry has shown he is “free” from the Royal Family’s strict protocol rules after he was spotted with fans backstage of an event, commentators have claimed.
The Duke of Sussex was given a standing ovation for his speech the star-studded Vax Live concert on Monday – which brought together a host of celebrities to push for world leaders to step up their coronavirus vaccine efforts.
He was also seen backstage taking pictures and this, according to Roberta Fiorita and Rachel Bowie, is a clear sign of him stepping away from the royals.
Speaking on their Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel sad: “I love this tidbit – Harry was seen taking pics with fans before he went on – so sweet.”
Roberta then speculated that Selena Gomez could have been one of the fans as she was “really excited” about Harry being a part of the event.
Rachel followed up by asking if they were definitely selfies because it is a “huge thing for him.”
“Before they couldn’t take a selfie, but now, they’re free,” she pointed out.
It is widely believed that, on certain outings, members of the public are not allowed to take selfie’s with the Royal Family.
In 2016, the Government of Canada shared a ‘Meeting The Royal Family’ etiquette guide when Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the country.
Jennifer Gehmair, of the Yukon government’s tourism department, said at the time that you should never turn your back on the royals. She said: “Turning your back to the Duke and Duchess and taking a selfie is discouraged if at all possible. I know it’s fun to do, but they much would rather see your face.”
Meghan also apparently told one fan while out in Nottingham in 2017 that she wasn’t allowed to take one.
Fan Barbara Miller, 63, said: “She said thank you very much for braving the cold.
“I said ‘can we have a selfie?’ and said ‘we’re not allowed to do selfies’.”
And in 2014, the-then US ambassador Matthew Barzun told Tatler magazine the reason why the Queen does not like selfies after having a meeting with her.
“She was essentially saying, ‘I miss eye contact’,” he said.
But there are still plenty of selfies out there with fans and the royals – suggesting it’s not a hard and fast rule.
The Duchess of Sussex announced this week she is publishing a children’s book called The Bench about the special relationship between a father and son, scheduled for release on June 8.
Pod Save the Queen host Ann Gripper discussed Meghan’s debut book with Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers in the latest episode and they felt the book release was something “out of the blue”.
The expert claimed the Duchess managed to land a book deal because of who she is.